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Economic Empowerment through Cultural Inclusion in Stellenbosch (EECI)


EECI aims at promoting a selected group of talented South African artists from historically deprived communities in the Stellenbosch region. They encounter many cultural and socio-economic difficulties in becoming accepted artists by the dominant culture. Present Art Worlds show little or no attention nor understanding for culturally diverging artists who consequently have no access to networks of enablers. Also, although talent is crucial, other essential attitudes, skills and competencies are required to make it as an artist in those highly competitive environments. In present project Universities in South Africa and Belgium will jointly develop and implement a methodology for stimulating cultural empowerment of artists from deprived communities to achieve socio-economic independence. The focus in the SI-EECI project is on academic strengthening and preparation for later dissemination in a lager pilot in Grabouw and elsewhere in S.A.  On a macro scale this project also aims to contribute to the broader mission of “decolonising and southernizing (Connell, 2007) knowledge in South Africa”. (Costandius,2016).

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Bert Willems
Local promoter Elmarie Costandius
Financial collaborator Karin Tassent
Local partner institution Hogeschool PXL
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Local partner institution Stellenbosch University
visit https://www.sun.ac.za
Other Flemish Partners Universiteit Hasselt
visit www.uhasselt.be
Other local partners University of the Western Cape
Budget € 69.932